NWGA Scanner | February 3rd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Saturday, January 30th, at approximately 3:15 PM, a deputy responded to Dug Gap Battle Road at Hurricane Road in reference to a vehicle crash. The deputy made contact with the driver of a 2003 Red Dodge Ram, Jason Otting, 42, of Chatsworth, and the driver of a 2015 white Nissan Altima. Otting stated he was turning right onto Dug Gap Battle Road and swung too wide, traveling into the woman’s lane of travel, striking her vehicle. The deputy observed the odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Otting’s person, as well as Otting to be chewing hard candy or lozenge. The deputy requested Lt. Lowrey to be en route to assist with an alco sensor. The deputy concluded the crash incident advising the victim she could leave. The deputy advised Otting of his observations and asked if he had consumed any alcohol. Otting stated that he had not this date but had consumed approximately 11-12 beers the night before. The alco sensor reading was .235. Otting stated to Lt. Lowrey that he had consumed approximately 15-16 beers the night before. Lt. Lowrey conducted field sobriety on Otting, who was observed to be extremely off-balance during the walk and turn. Lt. Lowrey stated she believed the odor was of mouth wash. After searching the area where Otting’s vehicle was parked a deputy located a large empty bottle of mouthwash in the ditch that did not appear dirty or weathered, matching the odor of Otting’s breath. Lt. Lowrey advised the Standard Field Sobriety Testing indicated that Otting was beyond the legal limit of impairment to operate a motor vehicle. Otting was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Deputy Peden read Mr. Otting Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Over. Otting gave consent to breathe and blood. Otting was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a positive reading on the alco-sensor .260. Otting then decided against consenting to state chemical testing, refusing any further testing. Otting was charged with DUI less safe-alcohol and fail to maintain lane.